Recently, we posted a look back at the 10 most significant educational technology stories of 2008. Now, here's a look ahead at five stories that could have a huge impact on educational technology in the new year. (You can follow the latest developments regarding these and other stories at

5. How will ‘validated learning' be enforced among the nation's colleges and universities?

The College Opportunity and Affordability Act, which Congress passed last year, included a measure requiring colleges and universities to authenticate test takers in online courses through the use of sophisticated identification technology or with exam proctors.



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